Fears planned dump closure could to lead to fly-tipping surge in Bushey

Watford Observer: Recent fly-tipping in Hillfield Lane, Bushey. Recent fly-tipping in Hillfield Lane, Bushey.

Residents are concerned that plans to close recycling sites and reduce opening hours by 44 percent will cause increased flytipping.

Hertfordshire County Council is considering closing two of its 17 recycling centres - including one in Allum Lane, Elstree.

In addition to the proposed closures, the council also wants to change the seven day service to a five day service and change opening times.

The suggestions have been put forward as a way to save £6 million in eight years, but Radlett resident Clive Glover said he worries it will lead to more flytipping.

He said: "It seems crazy to consider shutting the Elstree recycling centre as it serves a large number of people in Hertsmere.

"The alternative sites are a long way from here, in Potters Bar and St Albans so would lead to longer journeys for everyone, more traffic and more fuel usage - which is hardly environmentally friendly. I would fear it would also lead to more fly-tipping from less-responsible people"

The Elstree recycling centre handled 3,283 tonnes of waste during 2013/2014 with 2,572 tonnes, or 78%, being recycled.

The county council has proposed the changes after hiring a new contractor, AmeyCespa, to run their centres.

They have also suggested other changes to develop the service including having "mystery shopping exercises" to improve customer service, and trying to increase the amount of waste being recycled.

County Councillor Stephen Giles-Medhurst, leader of the opposition Liberal Democrat group, has started a petition to prevent the "crazy" proposed changes.

He said: "That will not happen. This is crazy and if it goes ahead I can for see increased dumping in our streets.

"I have opened a web petition as a way of showing residents do not want the hours cut. It’s especially silly to close a site at 4pm at weekends. The busiest times are always late afternoon after residents have a weekend clear or sorting items to recycle or tip."

The county council said there is little evidence to support the view that closing recycling centres will have an impact on flytipping but will work closely with AmeyCespa and the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership to encourage residents to use the remaining 15 centres.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for highways and waste management, said: "Over the last four years, we have worked hard to deliver savings totalling £149m across the council while protecting essential frontline services.

"Due to further reductions in national funding and increasing demand for key services such as adult social care and children's services, the county council needs to save a further £147m over the next four years. If agreed, the changes suggested to our centres could mean that the service saves £6m over the next eight years.

"We’re aware that questions have already been raised about matters like opening hours, locations of other centres and fly tipping. The impact of the suggested changes has been considered and this information is available in the frequently asked questions section on our website.

"We want to create a more efficient and effective service which makes better use of your council tax."

To visit the county council’s consultation visit: www.hertsdirect.org/wastechanges

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12:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

This could so easily be a page from how the current Coalition Government spins the real situation 'less means more' ie more flytipping.

Perhaps we get the government we deserve.
This could so easily be a page from how the current Coalition Government spins the real situation 'less means more' ie more flytipping. Perhaps we get the government we deserve. Cuetip
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12:32pm Tue 8 Jul 14

LSC says...

Potters Bar or St Albans? Just to throw out some tat? Jog on. IF recycling is ever going to work (and at present it doesn't), then you have to make it convenient for people.
Potters Bar or St Albans? Just to throw out some tat? Jog on. IF recycling is ever going to work (and at present it doesn't), then you have to make it convenient for people. LSC
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12:39pm Tue 8 Jul 14

pepsiman says...

They save £6 million, we pay more in time/fuel to get rid of waste our taxes should cover and they get extra in all the additional fines for fly tipping, our taxes then pay to clear the fly tipping. Don't you just love the government we pay to 'look after' our affairs.
They save £6 million, we pay more in time/fuel to get rid of waste our taxes should cover and they get extra in all the additional fines for fly tipping, our taxes then pay to clear the fly tipping. Don't you just love the government we pay to 'look after' our affairs. pepsiman
  • Score: 1

4:02pm Tue 8 Jul 14

overhere says...

Even with reduced facilities, the vast majority of people will still dispose of their waste responsibly despite additional inconvenience; those who flytip will continue to flytip.
Even with reduced facilities, the vast majority of people will still dispose of their waste responsibly despite additional inconvenience; those who flytip will continue to flytip. overhere
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10:07pm Tue 8 Jul 14

drunkenduck says...

You'll will always get flytippers, either folks cant be bother to go to the tip or they turn a blind eye for paying someone to take their rubbish away cheaply or naive and stupid because they dont ask the contractor for a waste carrier licence.
You'll will always get flytippers, either folks cant be bother to go to the tip or they turn a blind eye for paying someone to take their rubbish away cheaply or naive and stupid because they dont ask the contractor for a waste carrier licence. drunkenduck
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4:23am Wed 9 Jul 14

trebleywebley says...

Maybe that's the answer, more Waste Carrier Licence's.An opportunity for buiseness growth.Definately a niche market.
Picking up from where Herts County have let us down.
Maybe that's the answer, more Waste Carrier Licence's.An opportunity for buiseness growth.Definately a niche market. Picking up from where Herts County have let us down. trebleywebley
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11:12am Wed 9 Jul 14

Phil Cox (UKIP) says...

Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for!

Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money.
Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for! Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money. Phil Cox (UKIP)
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

trebleywebley says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for!

Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money.
And your point, Phil ?
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for! Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money.[/p][/quote]And your point, Phil ? trebleywebley
  • Score: 0

6:39pm Wed 9 Jul 14

trebleywebley says...

Phil Cox (UKIP) wrote:
Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for!

Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money.
And your point, Phil ?
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox (UKIP)[/bold] wrote: Wouldn't it be nice if the council stopped developing every bit of land they own and instead concentrated on delivering a service people want and need, and might I also add, pay for! Trouble is, these conveniently placed recycling centres are often ideally placed for housing development, and we all know how much councils like money.[/p][/quote]And your point, Phil ? trebleywebley
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